What is the difference between bullying and teasing?

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  1. michememe profile image75
    michememeposted 6 years ago

    What is the difference between bullying and teasing?

    My daughter was bullied, from the events that unfolded and things said it was clearly bullying. However, a friend dismissed it as children teasing one another.

  2. krillco profile image93
    krillcoposted 6 years ago

    It's all a matter of degree, methinks....teasing can be like a gentle nudge and affectionate, like when my mom used to call me 'Billy-bouncer', or when I tease my bald friend about how much money he saves on shampoo...good natured. Bullying is mean spirited and give the bully a false sense of power.

    1. michememe profile image75
      michememeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think that has more to do with the relationship of the people. I have friends and we tease each other for laughs. Never mean teases, somehting like your pants are too short, it's going to flood. We are never mean to one another. Bullying is MEAN!!!

  3. sadie423 profile image89
    sadie423posted 6 years ago

    I always tell my kids when it gets to the point where the other is crying or begging for them to stop is when you've crossed the line into bullying. When you are all having fun (which teasing can be) and everyone is happy it is all okay. But once someone starts to get upset over words or actions you should be able to read the signs and stop the game. If you don't, you are attempting to assert power over another and push them down. This is bullying.

    1. michememe profile image75
      michememeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you. My daughter came home from school and was so upset. The words used towards her were for intimidation and to make her cry.

  4. profile image0
    Starmom41posted 6 years ago

    I don't think there's really any difference at all. 
    A "little" hurtful or a "lot" hurtful is still hurtful.

    1. michememe profile image75
      michememeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Starmom41, in other words it's all hurtful. Anything that causes hurt shouldn't be done.

    2. profile image0
      Starmom41posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      yes that's the way I see it.  hurting other people is never o.k., & calling it 'teasing' or 'joking' doesn't make it right.

  5. mathira profile image85
    mathiraposted 6 years ago

    Bullying is abusive, while teasing is fun.

    1. michememe profile image75
      michememeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Teasing can be hurtful too. I have witness where teasing have elevated to big blow ups. This happens when one person no longer find the joke is on me, to be funny. So it really depends on the people.


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